I wrote yesterday about PSV’s future to be decided by the Eindhoven city council and the official club site is able to (with great pleasure) announce that the city council has voted (by 29 votes for and 14 against) in favour of a financial rescue package to salvage the club. As a fitting icing on the cake, the club’s technical director, Marcel Brands has also informed club supporters that an agreement has been reached with FC Utrecht for the purchase of Oranje international Kevin Strootman and Belgian national, Dries Mertens. Personal terms with these players have yet to be thrashed out and is still subject to a medical.
After the decision was made by the Eindhoven city council, PSV’s general manager Justin Sanders summed it up nicely by quipping “ Nu gaan we weer over voetbal praten” (“Now, let’s talk about football”). If you could take a look at PSV’s current squad, there really isn’t much squad depth even with both Strootman and Mertens likely to be joining the club as several key players, notably Hungarian winger Balázs Dzsudzsák already having signed for Russian club, Anzhi Makachkala and Ibrahim Afellay, Nordin Amrabat and Marcus Berg already long gone from the club’s payroll.
While “Boeren” had not won the Eredivisie this season and did not qualify for a place in the Champions League, the club has won a small battle which enabled it to fight for prizes next season. Not a bad way to end a season.